Published: Thu, June 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

‘Little time left’ to ease tension as Iran defies U.S. and EU

‘Little time left’ to ease tension as Iran defies U.S. and EU

Iran said on Monday it would soon breach limits on how much-enriched uranium it can stockpile under the deal, which a White House National Security Council spokesman said amounted to "nuclear blackmail". Officials from the three European Union states, which support the deal, will also meet with China and Russian Federation to discuss the situation.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday said they would "not accept less for less regarding the #JCPOA" and expected Iran's continued compliance, according to a tweet from the German Foreign Ministry.

Pompeo said on Sunday the United States did not want to go to war with Iran but would take every action necessary, including diplomacy, to guarantee safe navigation through Middle East shipping lanes.

"There is still time and we hope all the actors show more calm".

Meanwhile, his German counterpart - Heiko Maas - added: "The risk of war in the Gulf has not been averted". Now we need to see who exactly is in violation of them.

"We are urging all the sides to show restraint", President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists in response to a question on the deployment.

He has said it will also force Iran to abandon its "malign activities" in the region, a phrase that has been used to describe terrorism and politically destabilising actions carried out by Iran in the region, either directly or through proxies. And at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday, Hook reiterated the Trump administration's position that the U.S. was right to leave the 2015 landmark nuclear deal.

In the meantime, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said: "Iran will not wage war against any nation", while former director of NATO, David Desroches, called the deployment a "small measure" that is "designed to send a message", not enough for an invasion or a war.

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In May, Tehran said it would reduce compliance with the nuclear pact in protest at the United States decision to unilaterally pull out of the agreement and reimpose sanctions. Trump made his comments in an interview with the US-based Time magazine yesterday. "In that case it would be hard not to sanction them". And when the pipelines get built, we're now an exporter of energy. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

According to the Times, Institute for Science and International Security President David Albright estimated a year ago that it would take Iran eight to ten months to enrich fuel to the level necessary to build a nuke.

On May 14, 2019, he said Iran-backed surrogates attacked by armed drones struck two strategically important pipelines in Saudi Arabia.

Analysts, as well as many Arab leaders not aligned to Saudi Arabia, believe Iran may be trying to demonstrate the chaos it can create in the oil industry if the USA does not backpedal on economic sanctions.

He said that the second phase of reducing JCPOA commitments will start when Iran's top officials decide, noting Europeans have still time to save the agreement.

The strait of Hormuz, which provides passage from the Gulf of Oman to the open sea, is the most important gateway for oil exports in the world.

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Earlier Tuesday, Iranian state-run news agency IRNA quoted an unnamed director-general of Iran's intelligence ministry as saying his department recently had "identified and dismantled" a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) cyber-espionage network. Tensions between Tehran and the United States have escalated ever since, with Washington bolstering its military presence in the region, reimposing sanctions and blacklisting Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation. Washington and Tehran traded accusations over the incident.

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